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Recital organowy – Jan Lehtola

6 maja, 19:30

Jan Lehtola (Helsinki, Finlandia) – organy


Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016)
Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)
Esquisse C-dur op. 41 nr 1

César Franck (1822–1890)
Poemat symfoniczny Rédemption (opr. Marcel Dupré)

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
VIII Symfonia organowa H-dur op. 42 nr 4
V. Variations. Andante
VI. Adagio

Oskar Merikanto (1868–1924)
Passacaglia fis-moll op. 80


International organ virtuoso Dr Jan Lehtola is one the mostsuccessful and progressive Finnish organists of his generation. He has appeared with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Lahti Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestras and the St. Michel Strings. He has performed at many international festivals, including the Lahti Organ Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Time of Music in Viitasaari, the Tampere Biennale, Musica nova Helsinki, the Turku, Mikkeli, Mänttä and Hauho Music Festivals and the annual Festival of New Organ Music in London. He has worked with conductors including Kent Nagano, Juha Kangas, Sakari Oramo, Muhai Tang and Osmo Vänskä, amongst others. Dr Lehtola has also given recitals in leading European concert halls such as Gewandhaus in Leipzig and cathedrals and churches such as La Trinité in Paris, Berlin, Magdeburg, Riga and Tallinn Doms, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London.

Jan Lehtola collaborates regularly with composers and has given more than 100 world and regional premieres. He has had works written for him by Harri Ahmas, Kalevi Aho, Atso Almila, Thierry Escaich, Naji Hakim, Paavo Heininen, Carita Holmström, Juha T. Koskinen, Olli Kortekangas, Juha Leinonen, Jouko and Jyrki Linjama, Jukka Linkola, Paola Livorsi, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Axel Ruoff, Martin Stacey and Riikka Talvitie. In 2003 he organised the first International Naji Hakim Festival in Helsinki. Lehtola has been the Artistic Director of the Organo Novo Festival in Helsinki since 2007 and Chairman of the Finnish Organum Society 2009–2014.

Lehtola has recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and can be heard on more than thirty commercial recordings (on the Alba, Ondine, Jubal, IFO and Fuga labels) in repertoire including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Naji Hakim, Paavo Heininen, Jouko Linjama, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Oskar Merikanto, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Camille Saint-Saëns, Robert Schumann and Charles-Marie Widor.

Dr Jan Lehtola studied the organ in Helsinki (with Prof. Olli Porthan and Kari Jussila), Amsterdam (with Prof. Jacques van Oortrmerssen and Jean Boyer), Stuttgart (with Prof. Ludger Lohmann), Lyon (with Prof. Louis Robilliard) and Paris (with Prof. Naji Hakim). He graduated from the Church Music Department of the Sibelius Academy, gaining his diploma with distinction in 1998. In 2000 he gave his Sibelius Academy debut recital in Kallio Church, Helsinki, and in 2005 received a Doctorate for his dissertation on Oskar Merikanto as a transmitter of European influences to Finland. Jan Lehtola is a Lecturer in Organ Music in the Sibelius Academy. He is also active as a lecturer and a teacher of masterclasses.


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